Lecture – Why Illinois was Ground Zero for Innovation

On Sunday, October 20th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., author John Wasik will speak at the Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road in Wilmette.  His talk, “Why Illinois was Ground Zero for Innovation,” will discuss how and why Illinois became a hub of innovation.  He will talk about John Deere‘s invention of the self-scouring plow, the construction of the first steel-framed skyscraper in Chicago, and Nikola Tesla’s introduction of the alternating current system at the World’s Columbian Exposition.  Wasik will also invite us to contemplate what must be done to ensure our state can thrive in a global economy in which automation and digital technology are increasingly prevalent.

John Wasik is a journalist, speaker and the author of 17 books, including “”Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla,” and “Keynes’s Way to Wealth.”  He is also a contributor to the New York Times and other national publications and has appeared on CNN, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, PBS and radio stations from Australia to Israel. This program is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members.  For more information, visit www.wilmettehistory.org or call (847) 853-7666.